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RE: cranial electrotherapy stimulation Elroy

Posted by Larry Hoover on February 22, 2005, at 16:11:05

In reply to RE: cranial electrotherapy stimulation, posted by Elroy on February 15, 2005, at 20:52:53

> Wondering why there's such a lack of information on all of the relevant forums concerning cranial electrotherapy stimulation (CES)?

My first impression of this therapy was in the form of heightened sensitivity of my BS detector. However, it appears that there may be something to this protocol:

I'd be very interested in hearing of any person's experience with one of these devices.

> It is (supposedly) FDA approved for depression, anxiety and insomnia and appears to have had a considerable amount of clinical testing as to some degree of effectiveness.

With respect to FDA approval, I'd like to make clear that this type of device is approved only because a substantially equivalent device was already in use prior to the enactment of medical device regulations in 1976. As such, the vendors of these devices only need to show that their product is not a novel type of device, and they circumvent proper oversight via a grandfather clause loophole. These devices are Class 3, which have the greatest likelihood of adverse effects or injury to the patient. That said, it's hard to tell just what these devices do, let alone how they could hurt.

Here's what the FDA has to say about Class 3 devices:





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